School Administrators Association of New York State
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FAIRPORT PRINCIPAL NAMED NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
ALBANY, NY -- (03/02/2006; 1400)(EIS) -- The School Administrators
Association of New York State (SAANYS) has named David M. Paddock,
principal at Fairport High School, the 2006 New York State High School
Principal of the Year.
award is given annually to a member of SAANYS who has been a secondary
principal (grades 6-12) for at least five years, in which time he or she
has set the pace, character, and quality of education for the children in
his or her school. Nominees are administrators who are committed to
parents and the community and have shown exceptional contributions to the
educational process. This award selection is part of the National
Association of Secondary School Principal's process to select a national
high school principal of the year for 2007.
letter of support to the selection committee, John Baynes, a teacher at
Fairport, states that Dave Paddock, "transformed our high school to a level of
excellence we couldn't have achieved until a leader of Dave's vision,
commitment, and intensity arrived and showed a good institution that greatness
could be ours." He explains, "Dave reformed this school from the top down . .
. made a profound impact on the students, on how they feel about adults, and
how they feel about each other . . . started a number of student and staff
recognition programs. Dave won the kids over with the only force that truly
works: love." As for personal style, Paddock's is one of collaboration with
students and staff. According to Baynes, "He doesn't tell; he invites. He has
tutored close to a dozen new administrators from our staff; teachers are
hungry to work with him and learn from him. All that he does promotes
engagement in learning in the traditional and non-traditional setting; all of
his management of student behavior, teacher evaluation, and daily activities
is designed for the safety, security, and sanctity of the learning
Cala, Fairport's superintendent, agrees with Baynes' portrayal of Paddock.
"Dave's power is with personalizing a very large high school. We often say
that FHS is the smallest "big school" in the country. FHS is truly a family, a
family led by David Paddock with passion and love."
has served as a school administrator for 18 years, 10 as principal at
Fairport. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Springfield College in
Massachusetts and a certificate of advanced study in educational
administration from SUNY Cortland. He has received several awards including
the Educator of the Year Award in Newark, New York; Best Principal, Rochester
Area City Newspaper; and Who's Who in Education. He is an adjunct professor of
educational leadership at St. John Fisher College and is active in many
professional and community organizations.
represents over 6,700 school leaders throughout the state, providing
direction, service, and support to the membership in their efforts to improve
the quality of education and leadership in New York State schools. SAANYS is
the official state affiliate to both the National Association of Elementary
School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School